Today is deadline day for the sequester, the automatic budget cuts of $85 billion that will hit the Pentagon and federal agencies.

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National Chicken Council President Mike Brown testified on Tuesday before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security on behalf of a broad food manufacturers coalition about the need for a stable and permanent workforce that can help sustain the rural communities where meat and poultry facilities operate.

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Production of federally-inspected young meat chicken last year was 49,349,564,000 pounds, liveweight, 0.4 percent less than the 49,559,126,000 pounds in 2011, a decline of 0.4 percent, according to “Poultry Slaughter 2012 Summary” issued this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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The National Chicken Council, along with seven other trade groups, recently sent a letter to the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Bob Perciasepe, to express deep concern over the public release by EPA of the personal and business information about thousands of livestock and poultry farmers across 30 states. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency has changed its cellulosic biofuel requirements for 2012 from 8.65 million gallons to zero.

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The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance have set a new March 8 deadline for negotiation of local contracts covering port-specific issues that supplement a Maine-to-Texas master agreement.

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